Perimenopause or pre-menopause is a relatively new term coined in the last twenty years by the medical community to describe symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations that occur as a woman moves closer to her menopause. These symptoms can be broad-ranging and diffuse and differ for every woman, causing a lot of confusion and anxiety. And the younger you are, the more confused and worried you may be. The most common include irregular and/or heavy bleeding, insomnia, night sweats and/or hot flashes, worsening PMS, migraine, vaginal dryness and abdominal weight gain on the physical front. On the emotional front, changing hormones are linked to increased bouts of anxiety, depression, irritability and intense mood swings. Many women have experienced chest pain or palpitations from their hormonal imbalance. It’s also true that not every woman experiences symptoms (about 40%). A woman may go in and out of a perimenopausal state for as many as 10-13 years before she arrives at true menopause (the average age of which is 52 in the US). This means that it is perfectly normal, in fact natural, for a woman as young as 40 to begin feeling foreign and seemingly inexplicable changes in her body and emotions. … Continue reading What is perimenopause? →
How you treat your body affects how healthy you are. Lack of rest, exercise, and sleep compromise immune function and increase your susceptibility to ailments. Exercise! Light to moderate exercises strengthens your body and keeps the illnesses away. Adequate sleep and rest are equally important. One must try and get at least eight hours of sleep (to rejuvenate ourselves). To keep one’s stress levels under check, incorporate relaxing techniques like meditation, tai chi or pranayama into your daily routine. Eat Right Remember that each gram of wrong food that goes into your system substitutes for one gram of immune enhancing nutrient that you would otherwise take. Immunity building is a process and not a fixed state. It needs to be worked upon consistently. This information is for any person who does not want to fall sick. You have to work at your immune system just like you work on your career, sports, family, and relationships. Those who apply themselves early to a disciplined lifestyle generally acquire a better immune system than those who don’t!
This dark leafy green is extremely rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals; and are every diabetics superhero when it comes to managing blood sugar and BP levels. Diabetes management Infused with antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, spinach prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in diabetic patients. It is also known to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose levels. Cancer prevention Green vegetables like spinach contain chlorophyll which blocks the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines that are produced while cooking at a high temperature. Asthma prevention Consumption of spinach helps you stay away from asthma since it is an excellent source of beta-carotene which supplies you with a good amount of nutrients. Foods like apricots, carrots, pumpkin, and broccoli are also rich sources of beta-carotene. Lowering blood pressure For someone who is suffering from high blood pressure, it is recommended to include spinach in your diet. It negates the effect of sodium and helps you balance your blood pressure levels. Bone health Vitamin K is quite essential for healthy bones. It acts as a modifier of bone matrix and decreases your chance of bone fracture. Spinach is rich in Vitamin K that improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium. Promotes regularity Spinach … Continue reading 7 ways spinach helps manage diabetes and BP →
Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the beta cells, which are cells that are scattered throughout the pancreas. The insulin produced is released into the blood stream and travels throughout the body. Insulin is an important hormone that has many actions within the body. Insulin also is important in regulating the cells of the body including their growth. Insulin resistance (IR) is a physiological condition where the natural hormone, insulin, becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars. The resulting increase in blood glucose may raise levels outside the normal range and cause adverse health effects. Certain cell types such as fat and muscle cells require insulin to absorb glucose. When these cells fail to respond adequately to circulating insulin, blood glucose levels rise. The liver helps regulate glucose levels by reducing its secretion of glucose in the presence of insulin. This normal reduction in the liver’s glucose production may not occur in people with insulin resistance. In the presence of peripheral insulin resistance, pancreatic β-cell insulin secretion increases in a compensatory fashion. Therefore, it is essential to examine β-cell function in the context of peripheral insulin sensitivity. Fasting hyperinsulinemia is present in obese PCOD women. Insulin responses to … Continue reading Insulin and PCOD – What’s the link? →
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